Friday, October 16, 2015

Buffalo Mountain. The Rock That Made a Town

What a beautiful and amazing experience we had this week! We took a trip up Buffalo Mountain to see exposed portions of the Batholith. This was part of our community IDU for several reasons. It allowed us to see a major land form in Hardwick, view the rock that made a town, and also also allowed us to work together to get us all up the mountain. A major feat!


When we returned we spent some time reflecting on the trip. 

A time when my friends and I have overcame a difficult experience was today hiking Buffalo mountain. We all set off a little unprepared for the cold weather and high climbs and muddy terrains. After a while we were tired and didn't want to go on any further. Soon the whole group was splitting up. Everyone was complaining but it wasn't doing any good. When I realized this I decided to keep walking and take in the nature. When we finally got to the Granite outcrop we were looking for, it was all worth it. It was so tall and beautiful with all the greenery around it. It was like a big climbing wall just calling to us all. When we got back to class, I thought back on the experience and realized I had a lot of fun and wouldn't trade it for anything.   
This year we have seen a Granite outcrop on Buffalo mountain in Hardwick. This Granite outcrop looked like a huge rock wall, that could of been an igneous intrusive mass at one point or a batholith, with rounded and aged Granite boulders piled onto each other with organic material growing all over it. This Granite outcrop got here by Glaciation and we know that because the Granite is rounded and smooth, and also because you don't see big outcrops like that unless you have something bigger that could've moved them there.
This connects to our region's history because Hardwick, Woodbury, and other towns were either founded or were majorly transfigured because of outcrops of Granite like this one that could turn into a quarry which takes great perseverance.

Written by: Julia Hislop